Teeth Whitening


Before and after photo of teeth whitening treatmentHere at Perrinville Family Dentistry you will find the best experts to advise you on teeth whitening. It is the most well-known and used procedure of dental aesthetics with a huge impact on your smile. It will restore the natural color of the teeth or whiten them if needed. Nowadays, there are many teeth whitening methods. Some of them are offered in shops or pharmacies. However, even if it is one of the most common dental procedures, the best option is to have it done by one of our experts.

What's Causing Your Teeth to be Discolored?


As you probably know, milk teeth are whiter than definitive teeth. However, with the aging, the permanent teeth become darker or yellow due to the changes that occur in their structure. In addition to this, the teeth will stain with bacterial pigments, food, or as a result of the action of various drugs. For example, bacterial pigments will encourage the appearance of brown or black spots on the surface of the teeth.

Also, certain antibiotics can cause tooth decay or reduce enamel shine. One of the most common causes is food – teeth will stain or discolor because of food pigments found in certain vegetables, tea, coffee, red wine, etc. Smoking also causes dark spots, while certain enamel defects or diseases (hypoplasia, fluorosis) can lead to yellow teeth.

What Can You Do?


After a checkup at our office, the best option of teeth whitening can be chosen. There are more aspects to be considered: general health condition, certain allergies or sensitivities, the condition of the gums and teeth, fillings, or other previous dental works. Sometimes it can be necessary to have one or more radiographs to study some details and have a general overview.

There are more types of whitening methods. Each treatment is different, depending on how effective it is, how much it costs, durability and side effects, but tooth whitening will generally refer to the application of peroxide compounds on teeth (such as hydrogen peroxide). The degree of the whitening will vary depending on several factors: type of stains, the concentration of bleaching agent in the product used, the time the bleaching agent acts on the tooth and the frequency with which the treatment is repeated. Bleaching will not affect crowns or any other type of tooth that is not natural. If you have a tooth-colored filling, bleaching will only work on the dental surface, not on the filling material.

This type of teeth whitening has the highest efficiency and long term effects. The treatment can include more session, after which you can have teeth whiter with up to 3 shades. The result of bleaching lasts for an average of 2-3 years but can be repeated after this period.

Your smile is very important! It's also one of the first things you see when you meet someone. A bright smile is beautiful - it will help you feel better and make a memorable impression. Call our experts here at Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620 today and get a bright smile!
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